Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

Elizabeth is the second of five Bennet daughters.  Her father, a sardonically witty man exhausted by his marriage to a silly woman, has nothing to leave his girls.  Because he has no male heir, his property will be inherited by a distant relation - an unhappy fact which exponentially intensifies Mrs. Bennet's natural bent for husband-hunting.  It is a mark of the qualities that have made Elizabeth dear to the most demanding readers that in this context she ultimately chooses the one among three men - Mr. Darcy, Mr. Wickham, and Mr. Collins - who is, through at first he does not seem to be, destined to ensure her happiness.

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